LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2019: INDIA DECIDES

'Please retire!' Twitterati blasts MS Dhoni's slow knock in 1st T20 loss to Australia

DECCAN CHRONICLE WITH AGENCY INPUTS
Published Feb 25, 2019, 4:54 pm IST
Updated Feb 25, 2019, 6:12 pm IST
Dhoni could manage to score only a solitary six in his timid 37-ball cameo where he ended up with 29 runs.
Dhoni managed 29 off 37 balls in India's below-par 126 for 7 on a track where the ball was not coming onto the bat. (Photo: PTI)
 Dhoni managed 29 off 37 balls in India's below-par 126 for 7 on a track where the ball was not coming onto the bat. (Photo: PTI)

Visakhapatnam: Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again drew flak for his slow strike-rate against Australia in the first T20 International as India succumbed to a three wicket defeat in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

Dhoni managed 29 off 37 balls in India's below-par 126 for 7 on a track where the ball was not coming onto the bat. To be fair to Dhoni, a clutch of wickets fell and he also had to stem the rot with Yuzvendra Chahal at the other end.

 

KL Rahul provided a fiery start for the hosts but following his dismissal, Australia kept the middle order under leash led by Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Dhoni could manage to score only a solitary six in his timid 37-ball cameo where he ended up with 29 runs. Despite consuming a lot of deliveries early on, the veteran failed to switch gears during the death overs. His poor strike rate once again became a heated topic of discussion and Twitterati did not hold back from criticising him.

A profligate Umesh Yadav undid all the good work done by Jasprit Bumrah as Australia edged out India by three wickets in a last-ball thriller.

With 14 required off the last over, Umesh was hit for a boundary each by Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins, who had identical scores of 7 not out as they reached the target of 127 off the last delivery of the match.

This was after Japrit Bumrah (3/16 in 4 overs) bowled an incredible 19th over to bring India back in the match just when it was looking that Australia would canter home.

He got Peter Handscomb with a short ball and then yorked Nathan Coulter-Nile after having dismissed Aaron Finch in his first spell.

However it was Australia;'s tail-enders, who held the nerve getting the couple required couple of runs off the final delivery of the innings.

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